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For alternative gift ideas, skip the chocolate eggs and head straight for egg-shaped Unazukin, the all-new kitsch Japanese listening “yes/no” doll that is set to take the nation by storm this Easter.

Touted as one of the top five toys to look out for at the UK Toy Fair 2006, Unazukin is your special friend who loves to listen to your stories and questions. She is very wise and knowledgeable. Ask her a question and she will reply with a single nod – YES – a double nod – DEFINITELY YES – or a single shake of her head – NO – or a double shake – DEFINITELY NO. Whether it’s boyfriends, girlfriends, jobs, school life or shopping decisions, can you afford to ignore the advice of one so wise and knowledgeable?

Tamagotchi, the original egg-shaped companion is also a perfect alternative Easter gift. The original pocket-sized Tamagotchi won the nation’s affection by beeping to demand attention from their owners. Its needs included to be fed, play games, clear up after its mess and administer medicine when it gets sick. The Tamagotchi that did not receive enough loving care died returning to virtual heaven, shutting down their screens.

In May 2004 Bandai launched an updated version, Tamagotchi Connexion, which has all the old functions and is able to communicate with other Tamagotchi Connexion via infra-red. As well as playing games, receiving and giving gifts, they can also form relationships and have Tamababies creating new generations of Tamagotchi. Tamagotchi Connexion was voted ‘Toy of the Year’ by the Toy Retailers Association in January 2006.

A new updated version of Tamagotchi Connexion (Version 3) is due for release in April and will feature many more characters, new colours, four new games and the ability to win GOTCHI-POINTS, which will allow you to visit an online Tama Town and buy items from a virtual shop.

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For more information, sample and images, please contact the Bandai Press Office on 020 7684 6969 or bandai@cowpr.com

Notes to Editors:

- Unazukin is available at all good toy shops priced around £7
- Tamagotchi Connexion is available at all good toy shops priced around £x
- Stockist information: www.bandai.co.uk or contact Bandai directly on 01489 790944

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